WKA: SoK: SSC East, Cameron Motorsports join forces

New Season, New PArtnership, outstanding results SSC East and Cameron Motorsports join forces to compete in the 2009 Snap-On Stars of Karting Championship Ocala, FL -- Canadian-based Cameron Motorsports/CRG and US-based SSC East/CRG will...

New Season, New PArtnership, outstanding results

SSC East and Cameron Motorsports join forces to compete in the 2009 Snap-On Stars of Karting Championship

Ocala, FL -- Canadian-based Cameron Motorsports/CRG and US-based SSC East/CRG will combine resources to campaign the 2009 Snap-On Stars of Karting Championship. Both camps are proven race winning CRG teams with experience in both North America and Europe.

The stated goal of this new strategic partnership is to combine the talents, resources and knowledge of both teams. Bringing together some of North America's most talented drivers and experienced tuners will benefit the performance of both organizations. This past weekend was the first event of this new partnership and things went extremely well. With eight drivers under the tent and great results on track, this winning formula will certainly lead to great results.


Phil De La O (SSC East/ CRG) was the only driver from either squad to enter into Stars newest CIK class, KF3. The only way to describe his KF3 performance this past weekend is near perfect. A second place in Heat 2 was the only blemish in a string of firsts that started in pre-qualifying. De La O was able to top the charts on three straight days, making him the man to beat in this new class.

Junior National

One of only a handful of drivers to do double duty, Phil De La O (SSC East/ CRG) became the only double winner on the weekend. He took the Junior National final setting fast lap time in the process. Phil continues to build on his stellar results for 2009 and will head to Europe in June to compete in the WSK.

Joining De La O was 2008 Canadian National Honda Junior Champion Reid Arnold (Cameron Motorsports/CRG). Arnold had a strong run all weekend with consistent top tens including a third in Heat 2. In the feature the racing gods did not shine his way and a Lap 5 incident while running in fifth put him back to 16th. He is certainly deserving of the hard luck award.


A total of five drivers competed in the renamed KZ2 class including two of North Americas best. Canadian Michael Vincec (Cameron Motorsports/CRG) led the way finishing second in the final. Vincec was fast all weekend, qualifying on the pole on Friday. Next to cross the stripe was Cody Jolly (Cameron Motorsports/CRG) coming in fourth after a string of solid runs. Jolly was very competitive all weekend with a strong finish as a reward. Arie Ouimet (SSC East/ CRG) crossed just behind Jolly taking the fifth spot. Ouimet had to brush off the cobwebs, as the last time he raced a shifter kart was in mid-2008. By the end of the weekend Arie was as fast as the leaders and took home the Hard Charger award. Next through was Alex Manglass (SSC East/ CRG) tucking in right behind his teammate to finish sixth. Manglass' hard work this winter paid off with a very competitive weekend. Getting the hard luck prize in KZ2 might be the always fast Gary Carlton (SSC East/ CRG) who ended a tough weekend in eighth. After three straight wins in the heats put him on pole for the prefinal, his luck ran out. A DNF from contact in the prefinal and a DNF for a broken chain left the perennial favorite looking for better things to come when Stars of Karting hit the track at Infineon Raceway in April.


The lone TAG ICC pilot was Canadian Eric Simon (Cameron Motorsports/CRG). Simon was almost able to turn his Stars of Karting debut into a podium finish. Crossing the line in third, it looked a podium finish, but a three-position penalty for a jump start moved him back to sixth. The rookie shifter pilot looked impressive and will be factor through out the season.

Trevor Wickens, Team Manager for Cameron Motorsports/CRG.

"We are very pleased with the results from this past weekend, but we are even more excited about the rest of the season."

Dave Davies, of SSC East/CRG.

"New Castle is only a couple of months away and this will allow us time to add drivers to the new KF2 class as well as National Senior."

SSC East, located in Braintree, Massachusetts, is the direct importer in the Eastern half of the United States for the world's leading kart products including Rotax/Bombardier, CRG chassis, MoGo and GearBox product lines, and throughout the entire U.S. for Zanardi Karts, to both kart dealers and racers. Exclusively focused on kart racing, SSC East is dedicated to importing, selling, servicing and supporting kart manufacturers; it is the largest distributor of karts, engines and kart racing supplies and race organization in Eastern United States. For more information, visit www.ssceast.com

Cameron Motorsports/CRG is located in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. The Cameron Motorsports/CRG National teams competes in the Florida Winter Tour, Stars of Karting, World Karting Association and the Brian Stewart Racing Karting Championship. For more information please contact Trevor Wickens at 905.679.2122 or trevor@cameronmotorsports.com.

-credit: ssceast/cm

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Series Kart
Drivers Phil De La O , Arie Ouimet